• Richard Iliff

    ★½ Watched by Richard Iliff 13 Jun, 2014

    This was a rough one. I'd say it's biggest problem was a completely erratic and indecisive narrative. First there's a few Italian stereotypes who find a crashed spaceship and a alien egg, but then it merges over to the "real" storyline about a few military men (and a woman for the most tacked on love interest you've ever seen) who are trying to stop this creature before it does too much damage. This transition may sound pretty typical for a…

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  • Devon Seltzer

    ★★½ Watched by Devon Seltzer 08 Jun, 2014

    ***In the Shadow of Godzilla: A Giant Monster Movie Marathon! Film #2***

    Produced as an excuse for effects wizard Ray Harryhausen to take a Roman vacation, 20 Million Miles to Earth is a fairly standard b-movie elevated above many others thanks to a few interesting touches. The plot involves a team of astronauts who crash off the coast of Sicily on their return flight from Venus. They brought with them a lifeform from the planet in the hopes of studying…

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  • RetroHound

    ★★★★ Watched by RetroHound 09 Apr, 2014

    Part of my 12-year-old son's Ray Harryhausen Retrospective.

    A rocket ship crashes into the Mediterranean and two people are rescued by some Italian fishermen. A boy finds a canister washed up on shore and sells it to a zoologist. The goop in the canister becomes a creature which grows at an alarming rate.

    This was a pretty good one, the creature moves well and the story is interesting enough. The love interest was forced and corny, but that's normal for these movies.

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  • Movie Vigilante

    ★★★ Watched by Movie Vigilante 22 Feb, 2014

    Worth watching to see the Ymir animation by Ray Harryhausen, especially when it battles an elephant. Harryhausen was the best in his field. Other than that, there's not much to the story. The relationship between the Colonel and the not-yet-a-doctor was annoying.

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  • COLPARKER

    ★★★ Rewatched by COLPARKER 15 Feb, 2014

    A stilted black and white sci fi tale that has a 1950s rocket ship crashing off Sicily upon returning from Venus. A young Italian boy scavenges a glob from the beach that grows into one of Ray Harryhousen’s creatures that ends up terrorizing Rome and having a knock down drag out fight with an elephant. Plant your tongue firmly in your cheek at the cringe worthy dialogue and enjoy some of Harrryhousen’s early work

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  • Phil

    ★★★ Added by Phil

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Chopperfireball

    ★★½ Watched by Chopperfireball 01 Feb, 2014

    Entertaining sci-fi creature feature. Ray Harryhausen's stop motion model work is the highlight, otherwise there's an awful lot of unconvincing screaming.

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  • Hannah Watts

    ★★ Watched by Hannah Watts 01 Dec, 2013

    In the name of science, a US colonel goes to Venus and brings the foetus of an unknown life form back to earth where, following it's birth, it is variously hunted, electrocuted, shot at and targeted with hand grenades by the colonel and his men before eventually being killed. The lives of several humans and one elephant are put at risk. No one expresses any regret toward the creature's suffering and the colonel walks off arm in arm with a young female medical trainee. Morally unsound but Ray Harryhausen's stop motion animation is superb.

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  • mook

    ★★½ Watched by mook 25 Nov, 2013

    A trip to Venus leads to a Sicilian SciFi/Monster movie.

    The story is minimal and inconsequential, with throwaway characters and a pointless romance – but it doesn't' matter as this is an 'effects movie'!

    If it was made today it would be an over-the-top CGI extravaganza but luckily this was developed to showcase the stop-motion animation talents of Ray Harryhausen so it still looks excellent in places, and charming throughout (in a way I cant see today's CGI-fests being viewed in 56 years time). 5/10.

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  • Parker

    ★★★½ Watched by Parker 17 Nov, 2013

    All this tragedy and carnage happens because little Pepe wanted to buy a "Texas Hat."

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  • onemarathon

    ★★★½ Rewatched by onemarathon 05 Oct, 2013

    The spectacular stop-motion animation wizardry of one Ray Harryhausen is the highlight of this rather average affair. The story is nothing special, mostly chasing a monstrous alien around Rome, but the creature itself is pretty cool, and.... no computers were used in its making! The battle with an elephant is fun to watch.

    A year later, the film-makers and Harryhausen would again collaborate on the much, much more impressive The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

    Still, this genre film is an…

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  • QED

    ★★ Added by QED

    Directed by Nathan H. Juran this film stars William Hopper, Joan Taylor and Frank Puglia. An American space ship returning from Venus crashes in the sea off Sicily and a creature escapes from the rocket.

    Science was clearly thrown completely out of the window for this film and the plot is pretty much silly bordering on ridiculous. The special effects are provided by legendary stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen and actually do not age as badly as you would have thought…

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